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Buddy Baker

Composer

Buddy Baker on first meeting Walt Disney

04:32

I used to get aggravated when someone would say, 'Well, you can knock this out. It's just a television show.' I always said, 'I write the same 'C' for television that I write for a motion picture. So if you don't have time to get it right, you better get somebody else to do it. I'll do something else.'

About this interview

In his two-hour Archive interview, Buddy Baker (1918-2002) discusses his early music influences and performances as a child and teenager. He talks of his early radio work for Bob Hope and Eddie Cantor, and recalls how he came to work for Disney studios. He describes Walt Disney as a person and as a professional, and recounts arranging music on many Disney television series (Davy Crockett, The Mickey Mouse Club, The Wonderful World of Color), television movies and shorts ("Donald in Mathmagic Land"), and feature films ("The Fox and the Hound" and "Napoleon and Samantha"). Baker also speaks of his music compositions for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and EuroDisney and comments on his post-retirement, college teaching career at USC. Jon Burlingame conducted the interview on April 30, 2001 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.

I used to get aggravated when someone would say, 'Well, you can knock this out. It's just a television show.' I always said, 'I write the same 'C' for television that I write for a motion picture. So if you don't have time to get it right, you better get somebody else to do it. I'll do something else.'

Interview Highlights

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Buddy Baker on first meeting Walt Disney

04:32
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Buddy Baker on arranging music for the first attractions at Disneyland

02:05
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Buddy Baker on arranging music for "Donald in Mathmagic Land"

00:51
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Buddy Baker on the Disney sound

02:19
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Buddy Baker on how Walt Disney's death affected the company

01:09